Dozens Myanmar Thailand

March 25, 2011 by staff 

Dozens Myanmar Thailand, (AP) – A powerful earthquake toppled homes in northern Myanmar has killed over 70 people, and there are fears Friday would balance the mounting conditions in remote areas has been known.

The quake Thursday night measured at magnitude 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, was centered just north of the city Tachileik in Shan State near the Thai border. It was felt hundreds of miles (kilometers) in the Thai capital, Bangkok, and the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

State radio in Myanmar announced on Friday that 73 people were killed and 111 injured. He said 390 houses, 14 Buddhist monasteries and nine public buildings were damaged. Earlier in the day, news reports put the death toll to 74. No explanation was given for the decline.

damage was reported in villages around Tachileik, including bridges and roads, which developed c3acks massive relief efforts difficult.

A UN official said a small hospital and the bridge were damaged in the nearby town of Tarlay, which hinders access to the city. The private sector World Vision relief agency said the water tanks and wells were also damaged, making water scarce.

On the Thai side of the border, a woman was killed in Mae Sai when a wall collapsed on her, according to Thai police, but damage was also minimal.

The UN official said the medicine would be sent to affected areas as soon as possible with an assessment team in collaboration with the Society of the Red Cross in Myanmar. He said 95,000 people were estimated to live near the epicenter of the earthquake, but it was unclear how many have suffered damage to her.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because frowns Government of Myanmar to give unauthorized information to the media.

Other relief efforts were also preparing. World Vision said that the government’s request, it would provide 250 homes basic necessities such as food and water.

Most rural areas of Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in Asia, is underdeveloped, with poor communications and other infrastructure, and the rescue and relief of minimum capacity. country’s military government is generally reluctant to disclose information about disasters, because it is already sensitive to criticism.

In 2008, the government postponed the declaration – and ask for help – the devastating Cyclone Nargis, which killed 130,000 people. The junta has been widely criticized for what they called inadequate preparation and a slow response to the disaster.

Somchai Hatayatanti, the governor of Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, said dozens of people suffered minor injuries on the Thai side of the border. Cracks were found in buildings in downtown Chiang Rai town, about 55 miles (90 km) from the epicenter, including a provincial hospital and the town hall. The summit towers fell at least two Buddhist temples.

As a precautionary measure for the replies, a relief center was set up Friday at Mae Sai.

“We are concerned that the region could be hit by tremors stronger. There was another earthquake at 7:00 this morning, “said Somsri Meethong district office in Mae Sai, referring to a response of 4.9.” I had to run again like last night. What we have seen on TV in Japan added to our fear. ”

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